Photo: Artist Leo Villareal Helps Create San Francisco's 'The Bay Lights' Project
Being called the “world’s largest LED light sculpture,” the new Bay Bridge light display has turned the Golden Gate Bridge’s older sister into a massive work of art.
For the project, chairman of the nonprofit group Illuminate the Arts, Ben Davis, enlisted the help of artist Leo Villareal, who is known for his large-scale light structures.
While many agree “The Bay Lights” are beautiful, others wonder whether the millions it cost could have been better spent.
It should be noted that the estimated $8 million needed for the project are being raised through private donations. Currently, about $6 million has been raised.
Davis told the Los Angeles Times, “I think it’s what art does well: It reminds us of what’s already there,” he said. “When a community comes together for a shared belief, anything is possible.”
The project, which involved about 25,00 LED lights, was “turned on"on Tuesday and Villareal has a two-year permit to operate the art installation.